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Texas IAQ Professionals Share Information about Mold Exposure and Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides mold testing and consulting services to help prevent hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) and other health issues.

Austin, TX – WEBWIRE

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a potentially serious condition that can be caused by exposure to mold in homes, schools and businesses.

When a home or building suffers a water incursion or high humidity levels, mold can quickly begin to grow and impact the indoor air quality (IAQ). When this occurs it can create an indoor environment with elevated levels of microbial contaminants in the air that people breathe.
Elevated levels of mold can cause allergies, trigger asthma and result in infections in some people.  It can also cause a condition known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis or HP, a kind of lung inflammation that occurs in people who develop immune system sensitization to inhaled organic dusts. HP can sometimes be mistaken for pneumonia, but it does not improve with antibiotics for infection.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HP is also a concern for some workers.  The agency reports, “HP has been documented in workers in buildings with mold and bacteria contaminated air-conditioners (including spray-water cooling systems), and contaminated ductwork and filters. This lung disease has also occurred in workers who worked in water-damaged buildings with roof leaks, plumbing leaks, poorly draining condensation pans, and high indoor relative humidity.”
“Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a potentially serious condition that can be caused by exposure to mold in homes, schools and businesses,” said Hollis L. Horner, President of Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. “While we are all exposed to mold on a daily basis because it is all around us, being exposed to high levels of it is not healthy.  For buildings with a mold problem, the solution is to identify the source of the mold and have it safely removed.  In addition, the moisture that allowed the mold to grow in the first place needs to be addressed or it will likely return.  At IEC, our professionals have the experience and access to advanced instrumentation that allows us to quickly identify and resolve these types of indoor air quality issues.” 
People across Texas and the Gulf Coast that encounter problems with mold or other pollutants in their indoor environment can turn to the professionals at Indoor Environmental Consultants for solutions. To learn more about these testing and consulting services, please visit, email or call (877) 432-8378.
About Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc.
IEC began operations in 2001 with some of the nation’s most seasoned professional indoor air quality consultants who already had over 70 years of combined experience.  The indoor environmental quality firm specializes in field investigations and assessments of commercial, institutional and residential buildings.  Their services, related to fungal (mold), chemical, bacterial, asbestos and particulate pollutants, are offered throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast and the Southwest. IEC is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a mold assessment company (ACO0114) and an asbestos consultant agency (100329).

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